Book Features

24 June 2020

Is there such a thing as Mr. Darcy's 'accomplished women' in 2020?

Jane Austen famously wrote Mr. Darcy’s checklist of an accomplished woman in her 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice. In Darcy’s eyes, a woman must paint tables, cover screens, net purses, ...
16 June 2020

Seven things I love about The Algarve by Kim Nash

Kim Nash is Head of Publicity for Bookouture, now an author in her own right, part of a book club, sets up book events and has her own book blog. ...

10 June 2020

Seven Things I Want My Readers To Know About Me - Phillipa Ashley

Here author of 'A Perfect Cornish Escape' Phillipa Ashley reaveals to seven important things she would like her readers to know about her, from her absailing to her pieces about ...
10 June 2020

FIVE FEISTY FEMALE SLEUTHS - Sherryl Clark

While I have a few male detective favourites, my love of great female investigators goes back to my early years of reading crime fiction. I’ve always preferred Miss Marple to ...
21 May 2020

Saving The World, One Carrot At A Time - -Nancy Kress

Author of Sea Change Nancy Kress exclusively revealled to Female First her inspirations finding the cause, adding her character, and her heroine for her new book and how she is ...
3 May 2020

5 Omens I’ve Had in my Own Life by Christine Lynn Herman

Author of The Deck of Omens Christine Herman talks to us about five omens that have influenced her life. Meeting my cat. They say the cat chooses their owner, but ...
27 February 2020

11 world-famous books every designer should read in 2020

When it comes to valuable insights, books have always been great sources of inspiration. They help people analyse and overcome different situations in both professional and personal aspects of life.  ...
23 January 2020

Bringing racism out into the open

According to author and diversity equality campaigner Anuranjita Kumar, there is still a social taboo when it comes to discussing racism openly within the workplace, and wider society. This is ...
5 September 2019

Mistresses of Mystery: Seven best female crime writers of all time

Here at Female First we love to highlight the achievements of women in male-dominated worlds. In this case, we're looking at some of the greatest female crime writers of all time, ...
7 March 2019

World Book Day 2019: Our favourite books and what we're reading right now

Today (March 7) marks World Book Day. Parents up and down the country have been sending their kids to school in costumes as their favourite heroes, villains and everything in between. ...

5 February 2019

This week's must read: UJA - The Book That Changed Jamaica

It’s portrayed as an idyllic island blessed with blue skies, white sandy beaches and warm Caribbean seas. But away from the affluent tourist spots where holidaymakers sip expensive cocktails to ...
17 January 2019

Body confidence coach Michelle Elman on the perfect New Year Resolutions

In January, every year like clockwork there seems to be this ‘New Year, New Me’ machine that pumps out propaganda about needing to change what we look like and how ...
7 January 2019

Make 2019 the year for finding your dream job

If you’re thinking about a major career change in the New Year, you’re not alone. The number of Britons looking for a new job soars by up to 64 per ...
7 January 2019

How to get your voice heard, and win that promotion at work

Have you ever been in a meeting and wondered, ‘Why is nobody listening to me?’ Perhaps they were ignoring you, interrupting or rejecting your ideas. In an interview this can ...
21 December 2018

Why your New Year's Resolutions should start now!

Do you ever feel that there’s a dreary cycle to the setting of New Year’s resolutions each year only to see them fail as early enthusiasm peters out? If so, there’s a ...
17 December 2018

Author James Hanford on how to write true-to-life crime

I once coined the expression ‘reality for some is fiction for others’ when discussing this topic with a friend. Why else do we respond to friends by saying “you’re joking” ...
3 December 2018

Evonne Wareham discusses bringing darkness and danger into the festive mix

One of the favourite questions that readers ask authors is "Where do you get your ideas?" That is often a difficult one for a writer to answer, because much of ...
30 November 2018

Women in journalism: the early pioneers, by Fiona Veitch Smith

The Poppy Denby Investigates books are about a young, female reporter sleuth in the early 1920s. Poppy Denby works for a tabloid newspaper in London called The Daily Globe. She initially ...
29 November 2018

The importance of portraying powerful women with honesty and flaws, by M. Cassol

January 18, 2004 was an exceptional day for me and for many lesbians of my generation. The first episode of the seminal television series The L Word was broadcast. For ...
22 November 2018

Criminally overlooked: the pioneering female detectives who were airbrushed from history

The Pinkerton National Detective Agency helped tracked down Jesse James’ train-robbing spree and inspired the term ‘private eye’. It also hired the world’s first female detective, Kate Warne, who helped ...
20 November 2018

The importance of women mentoring women, by Carole Gillespie

As a young woman, two stories continually played in my head. It was only when I realised they were false and worked out how to overcome them, that my career ...
15 November 2018

10 things I've learnt about home and homelessness through writing Not Home, by Sarah Butler

Not Home is a novella, written in conversation with people living in unsupported temporary accommodation in Manchester. It follows the residents of a run-down B&B in Manchester the week after ...
14 November 2018

Where's the sense of adventure? Author Matt Etheridge says children's books need more ACTION!

Parents should unplug their iPad-addicted children and replace their increasing dependence on technology with the original imaginative gadget – the adventure book, writes the journalist and acclaimed children’s author, M.C.D. ...
13 November 2018

Bully-proofing children: why it’s cool for kids to be kind

Despite a wealth of new research and a swathe of well-meaning interventions, bullying remains a common problem in British schools. That won’t change until we look beyond the ‘bully’ and ...